The film changes Jesse James Hollywood to the fictional character Johnny Truelove, played by Emile Hirsch. In fact, all the characters are changed although the story is strikingly similar to the real-life happenings of Mr. Hollywood's frightening choices. Although fiction, the defense still is concerned that there isn't enough separation from truth to not sway a jury. Therefore the judge will view the film before it receives wide release in January 2007. The film has already had its U.S. debut last January at Sundance to less than desirable reviews.
I can understand where the defense is coming from. After rewatching Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy just recently I found myself terrified by director Alex Cox's choice in crafting the ending. It's well known that the relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen was a volatile one but there was never any solid conclusion as to who actually murdered her. According to close confidants in the book Please Kill Me it is believed that it was a drug dealer that did her in, and not her beloved Sid in a heroin haze. It is also believed that if the police thought Nancy to be a positive member of society, they would have found that out on their own.
Unfortunately, Sid died of an overdose before anything would ever be resolved. But perhaps if he were alive and Alex Cox were able to make the film during Sid's trial his defense would ask for the release to be halted as well. And, by God, I would beg for them to grant it! It's not because I like my men corrupt, heroin addicted and bloody it's because everyone deserves the right to a fair trial...right?